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Places of Power: Egypt’s Al-Masa Hotel, a witness to a defeated revolution

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By Abir Sorour

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Posted on September 5, 2022 14:30

From being a destination for weddings to a place where the country’s foreign and local policies are engineered, Al-Masa Hotel is seen as a military shrine embedded in the civilian life of contemporary Egypt.

This is part 6 of a 7-part series

Nasr City, a suburban neighbourhood in Cairo, can easily be the busiest district in the city, due to a number of shopping malls, residential areas, bureaucratic complexes, and civilian military buildings. Right next to a lingerie store you might see a military unit and opposite a shopping mall with a big banner advertising the most recent Marvel film, there might be a military intelligence affiliated facility with heavily guarded soldiers.

However, there’s one street that always remains void of traffic: Dr Abd El-Aziz El-Shennawy Street, home to Egypt’s current place of power: Al-Masa Hotel.

Nasr City symbolises the infusion of the Egyptian military in civilian and economic life, which started in 1952 and is now reaching a peak in 2022. The military in Egypt owns film production, construction, baby formula, pasta and canned food companies, as well as

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